Pueblo County, Colorado
Women of Pueblo
Representative Women of Colorado.
A Pictoral Collection of the Women of
Colorado Who Have Attained Prominence in the Social, Political,
Professional, Pioneer and Club Life of the State,
by James Alexander Semple,
published by The Alexander Art Pub. Co., Denver, Colorado, in 1911.
MRS. ALVA ADAMS PUEBLO
Social leader. Resident of Colorado since 1870. As wife of a Colorado
Governor, as Colonial Dame, and as member of Wednesday Club of Pueblo,
and Denver Woman's Club (charter member), Mrs. Adams has made a
large number of appreciative and admiring friends. Her charming
characteristics of sincerity and kindliness make her a favorite in the
LALLA A. COLLINS (Mrs. D. W.) PUEBLO
Formerly active in club and philanthropic work as President of the City
Federation of Women's Clubs, the Monday Musical Club, and for four
years Chairman of the Program Committee of the Colorado Federation of
Women's Clubs. She has resided in the state for twenty-four years.
GERTRUDE BULLEN HOLLISTER
(Mrs. Harry Landon)
President of Colorado Federation of Women's Clubs, 1908-10, and of the
Pueblo City Federation for several years. A prominent and progressive
woman, well known in club, church, and social life. With remarkable ease
and ability she presides over large gatherings of women, and the clear
judgment used in decisions of importance makes her stand out a distinct
figure in the state club life.
MARTHA B. MALLABY
(Mrs. Oliver W.)
A Colorado resident thirty -one years; a business woman of ability. As a
former teacher Mrs. Mallaby is interested in all educational advancement.
She is a member of the Wednesday Morning Club, and the Arkansas Valley
Chapter of D. A. R. In 1904-08, she was State Vice-Regent of the
latter. As a communicant of the Episcopal Church she is active in religious
MRS. NELLIE MARTIN ORMAN
Wife of former Governor James Bradley Oman. Prominent in church,
philanthropic, and club life. Charter member, and first Regent, Pueblo
Chapter, D. A. R. ; charter member of "Hope Cottage" for Women; member,
Mothers' Congress, State Federation, Jane Jefferson, Wednesday Morning
Clubs; member of the McClelland Orphanage, Park Improvement, and
Southern Pioneer Association.
MRS. M. D. THATCHER
Commissioned from Colorado as a member Board of Managers Columbian
Exposition and on Board of Lady Managers of the Woman's Building. A
founder and second President of the C. F. W. C. ; President, and for
twenty years a member of the Pueblo Wednesday Morning Club. An active
worker in the First Presbyterian Church. Vice-President and charter
member of Pueblo Associated Charities. Historian of the Colonial Dames
and formerly member of National Board of D. A. R.
MRS. FRED H. BULLEN
Active club and church worker. First
settlement work of Pueblo established by ladies of First Congregational
under her direction as President. Interested in Mothers' Congress, serving
President of a Parent-Teacher Branch. Member of Norton Art Club and D. A.
having been Treasurer and Regent of the latter.
SOPHIA PARK GORDON
Prominent in club, educational, social,
political, and philanthropic work. Has
held office in many organizations. Was
President of Parliamentary, City Federation,
Nineteenth Century, Philanthropic
Clubs, and of a state missionary society.
Is now Vice-Chairman of County Central
Committee, a member of Juvenile County
Visitors, and of State Scholarship Committee.
MRS. IONA M. MACLEAN
Active in literature and art, church, philanthropic,
club, and political lines. President of Pueblo Art
Club five years, and of the Harmony Club; also a
member of C. F. W. C. For nine years Superintendent
of Needle and Fancy Work Department at State Fair.
Wife of Dr. Luke MacLean.
MRS. GEORGE A. MARSH
The wife of the prominent smelter superintendent;
a member of the Wednesday
Morning Club and a Daughter of the
American Revolution. Mrs. Marsh is interested in
church and social matters.
MRS. LOGAN RAGLE
Has lived in Colorado for more than seventeen
years. An active member of the
New Century and Nineteenth Century
Clubs. A supporter of the First Presbyterian
Church and member of the Mothers' Congress.
A descendant of Abraham Fahs. who came to
America in 1665.
MRS. THEODORE S. RICH
Regent of Pueblo Chapter, D. A. R.
Chairman of the Art Committee, Colorado
Federation of Women's Clubs, President
of Pueblo Nineteenth Century Club, two
terms, 1911-13. Great granddaughter
of Colonel Johnathan Lee of Revolution-
ary fame, one of ten men first to settle
Western New York.
MRS. ROBERT C. ROBE
An educator, club, and church worker of
prominence. Mrs. Robe is President of
the Parent-Teachers' Association of Central
High School, Vice-President of the
Mothers' Congress, member of Pueblo
Chapter, D. A. R., and of the National
Art Society. Formerly she was a teacher
in Wheelock Seminary.
MRS. HERMAN F. RUEGNITZ
A member of the Board of Education
(first woman elected in Pueblo), who, as
a former President of the Park and Improvement
Association, is active in all
city affairs. She is Regent of Pueblo
Chapter, D. A. R., and is active in
church and philanthropic work. Proud
of Colonial ancestry.
MRS. EDITH M. BAILEY
A teacher in Leadville, Aspen, Glenwood Springs,
and Pueblo, where she is present County Superintendent
of Schools. Mrs. Bailey was Superintendent of Pitkin
County for five years. Work nobly done.
MRS. W. H. BAKER
A resident of Colorado for many years. Prominent in
club work as President of the Pueblo
Federation of Women's Clubs. Actively interested in
MRS. J. H. HUMMEL
President, "Somerlid" Branch Parent-Teachers'
Association. Organizer and Past President of
Northside Literary Club. Member, State Federation
of Women's Clubs. Church worker and
vitally interested in her home and children.
Pueblo Chieftain 3-9-1996 – Outstanding Women Honored at Women's History Week Luncheon – If Mary A. Patterson and Lillian Thatcher were alive today, they would have been proud of the great strides women have made in the Pueblo community through the years. Both leaders in their day, Mrs. Patterson and Ms. Thatcher were honored Friday, along with 14 other women, during the Women's History Week luncheon for their "outstanding contribution to the community." Mrs. Patterson, who died in 1897, was recognized as an "able leader among women" for her work with the Ladies Aid Society of First Methodist Church, the Ladies Benevolent Union and the Women's Temperance Union. She was said to have been identified with charitable and moral reform activities in Pueblo. Ms. Thatcher (1870-1948), daughter of pioneer banker John A. Thatcher, was said to have an "understanding and serious concern for world problems." She served with the American Red Cross during World War I and was a founder of the Arkansas Valley Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, the Pueblo YWCA and McClelland Orphanage. Although she didn't have children of her own, it wasn't uncommon for Ms. Thatcher to help many Pueblo youths pay for their education. That along with other forms of local benevolence are things Ms. Thatcher did "quietly, shunning recognition or fanfare." According to Joanne Dodds, assistant director of the Pueblo Library District, the Outstanding Women's Award was established seven years ago not only to recognize women's contributions, but also to create a historical record of those activities. "Including today's recipients, the contributions of 193 very special women have been documented in this collection," she said. "More importantly, perhaps, is the legacy we are leaving behind for the women of tomorrow who will have these life stories to guide and inspire them." The collection is available in the Western Research Room of the Pueblo Library District. Dodds said Women's History Week stems back to March 8, 1857, when women in the garment and textile industry in New York protested low wages, 12-hour workdays and increasing workloads. Some 53 years later, March 8 was declared International Women's Day in honor of that historic day. In 1980, Congress designated it as Women's History Week and the event was organized in Pueblo two years later. "One of the things I think women do particularly well is work together," Dodds said. "By working together, we've made a very positive contribution to the recording of Pueblo's history as well as an appreciation of the various things women do." Other honorees and their nominators included: Marie Lamb Barkman, Friends of the Pueblo Library District; Evelyn Foard, American Association of University Women; Ruth W. Gunn, Zonta Club of Pueblo; Cay Hopkins, Rosemount Museum Auxiliary; Jessie Kern Krajacic, If You Can Walk, You Can Dance group; Ethelyn Potestio, Rosemount Museum; Virginia Romero, USC Las Hermanas Sorority; Elsie Schultz, Women in Military Service Memorial Foundation; Beverly Moore, League of Women Voters; Rosanna Padilla, Las Hermanas; Diane Porter, YWCA; Melva Steen, HOPE Alive; Joan Vaught, Altrusa Internation Inc. of Pueblo; and Katherine White, El Pueblo Museum.
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